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NFL notebook: Goodell pushes for new Bills stadium

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 08 2014 06:01:38 PM CDT
Updated On: May 08 2014 06:01:39 PM CDT

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is committed keeping the Bills in Buffalo, but the team needs a new stadium.

Goodell spoke to the Buffalo News on the future of the team at an NFL-sponsored event at Chelsea Waterfront Park in New York, ahead of Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft.

"They are working on their process as far as selecting their advisers. They will probably do that in the near future. Then when they have their advisers selected, they'll start a more formal process," Goodell told the newspaper when asked for an update on the sale of the team.

Longtime Bills owner Ralph Wilson died in March at age 95. It was reported that the team could be sold by the summer with NFL approval as early October when league meetings are scheduled.

---San Francisco 49ers defensive back and special teams standout C.J. Spillman underwent surgery on his hand.

Spillman posted a photo to his Instagram account on Wednesday and wrote that he was "fresh outta surgery ready to get my recovery together now!" The photo shows him in a sling. According to, the surgery was a procedure on Spillman's hand that may keep him out for some offseason workouts. He is expected to be healthy in time for training camp in July.

Spillman has appeared in all 48 games for the 49ers over the last three seasons as a reserve safety and special teams member.

---The Pittsburgh Steelers can forget about drafting a quarterback for at least the next few years because Big Ben is not going anywhere anytime soon.

According to a report by, Ben Roethlisberger said in a radio interview that has no plans to retire -- barring a major injury that could prompt him to change his mind -- until 2020.

In other words, Roethlisberger plans on playing for another seven seasons in the NFL. Seven more seasons would put Roethlisberger close to his 39th birthday, according to the report. He has two more years left on his current contract, an eight-year deal that he signed in 2008 and runs through the 2015 season.


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